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PhD students

Exclusively for PhD students

Any current student and recent graduate from the University of Edinburgh can utilize our services, including PhD students, however we have some activity especially for PhD students only. 


PhD Max Pre-Accelerator Programme 

Interested in commercialising your PhD and taking it to the next level but don’t know where to start? Join us for our brand-new PhD programme.

In six sessions we’ll help you explore entrepreneurship and how to commercialise your PhD, including:

  • What makes a good startup? – 19 January
  • Building your idea – 26 January
  • Intellectual property (IP) basics 2 February
  • Market research and customer discovery – 16 February
  • Find your voice – pitching – 23 February
  • Pitch-off - 16 March  

All sessions are planned to run in-person at Kings Buildings Campus, 5pm-7pm. It is expected you will attend all six sessions.For all PhD students from the University of Edinburgh. Now closed. 

Returning January 2024!

The programme will run again beginning in January 2024, with applications opening as of November 2023. Be amongst the first to hear when the programme opens again. 

Register interest now 


Hear from a couple of PhD students and their experience of starting up

Video: EEUK PhD Case Study
Hear from the founders of student startups Ujamaa Spice and SynSence on their experience as PhD students.


Not sure where to start?

Hear from a current PhD student on how they started their entrepreneurial journey while studying their PhD. Maggie Hicks, shares her top tips for commercialising your PhD.

Read the article here 


Enterprise Education UK (EEUK) project 

In partnership with EEUK and the University of Edinburgh Business School a team from the Edinburgh Innovations students team made up of Max Chan, Dora Handrea and Christina Starko worked alongside Fumi Kitagawa from the Business School to discover if there is an opportunity to provide more enterprise and commercialization resources for PhD students. The project was submitted to EEUK on 15 August 2022. 

This project aims to map out and align curricular and extracurricular enterprise/entrepreneurship education for doctoral students. We conceptual the doctoral enterprise education as a system consisting of two distinctive forms - credit-bearing courses as part of the curriculum and extra-curricular activities and events (e.g. bespoke training, business competitions, mentoring, business advice, incubators, accelerators). This report presents an overview of the existing curricular courses and extra-curricular resources available to doctoral/PhD students at the University of Edinburgh as a case study and identifies aspirations and challenges for PhD startup processes based on survey data and individual interviews.

The report along with an accompanying case study  which can also be seen here: